Thursday, September 5, 2013

Why I'm in Love with my Local Hardware Store

painting spice racks
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I have been drawn to hardware stores since I was a child.  In addition to the usual array of nuts and bolts, you can find a fun mix of wonderful items like kitschy kitchen towels, fancy drawer pulls, garden accessories, a full spectrum of paint chips, cute key tags, postcards, doormats, beach toys and much more.  The employees at our local hardware store are helpful, friendly and they love to see my offbeat trash-to-treasures I'm working on. 

Last week I needed two 1" wide wood boards for a spice rack that I was transforming into a two-tier shelf for my daughter's dorm room.  The associate that helped me suggested inexpensive paint sticks might just fit the bill.  He was right!  They were the perfect width and length.  With just a tiny inset cut on each end, the paint sticks were the answer to my broken spice rack.  Here it is when I spotted it at a yard sale:

The shelf design lends itself to a vintage, distressed technique.  However, this is for my college daughter, and she requested bright and sassy!  She chose a neon yellow color.  After two coats of paint, I podged strips of fun Chevron yellow & gray paper to both shelves.

I transformed a mini photo frame into a chalkboard, and glued it to the top of the rack.
turning frames into chalkboard

For added pizazz, we adhered even more Chevron--this time, bright ribbon to the back boards (the ones I added from the hardware store) and white buttons to the front of the shelf.

It's bright, sassy and fun (just like my daughter).  She loves it! 
Maybe I have to re-think this whole vintage trend.

mod podge, decoupage

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Since I'm an equal-opportunity Mom, I thought I would share this personalized stamped washer necklace I made a few years ago for my older daughter.  It was my first attempt at metal stamping.  I used two different sized washers, one stamped with her name, and the larger one with her sorority name.  It was a big hit with her sorority sisters.  Wouldn't this be a fun project for the girls to create on their weekend retreat?

sorority charms

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  1. I love how you repurposed something old to give it life again! I love the bright yellow too! Great job.

  2. What a great idea! I love the fun, bright yellow color! It's so happy and cheery! This looks great! :)

  3. I absolutely love this. My favorite is the repuposed dust pan. I love the scheme on both. Thank a bunch for stopping by Consider Me Inspired! Following you back.

  4. Hi Doreen...popping in for a visit and to say thanks again for stopping by my blog! I love this adorable shelf you crafted for your daughter. Such a bright and cheerful color and I love the chevrons too! Great project...:)

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  5. Great ideas! Beautiful shelf. Love the necklace. I must be doing something wrong can't use my letter punches on spoons. Maybe I'll try washers. TFS.

  6. Very nice! I have several spice racks just waiting for some paint and scrapbook paper love!

  7. Love the bright color and the chevron design! ingenious idea to use paint sticks!

  8. Very Nice, great transformation! Thank you for sharing at One More Time Events....xo Tammy

  9. Great Ideas. New Follower here, hoping you'll follow back :)

  10. I have to agree I love hardware stores! Your spice rack makeover looks amazing!

  11. Love the transformation! I've been looking for one of these spice racks at the thrift store to use in my studio of paints. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. I am also a lover of the hardware store. I have been known to ask for power tools for Christmas! I am crazy about the metal stamped necklaces. Do you have a step by step post for the necklaces? I found your blog on The DYI'ers and am your newest follower. I would love for you to join me at Still Woods Farmhouse!
    Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

  13. I love the pretty yellow you chose Doreen! This looks fantastic :) Thanks so much for partying with us at the Inspiration Monday Party!! xo

  14. This turned out so pretty, I love the bright yellow!
    I have a Furniture/Paint Party Everything Thursday which goes live Wednesday at 8 PM MST. I would Love for you to come link up!

    Hope to see you soon,


  15. This is very sweet...Love the chalkboard and the yellow colour, so well done!

  16. I love that beautiful yellow! It could cheer up any morning! Happy to have seen you over at Ivy and Elephants.

  17. I Love this makeover Doreen, You know how I love bright colors. The chevron is perfect!

  18. You did a great job...what a beautiful piece! This would be great to link up to Create It Thursday #19…hope you'll join us!

  19. What a cute idea! and I love the bright yellow, so happy!

  20. I always LOVE hardware stores too, filled with the best stuff! Great spice rack re-do, thanks for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday and have a meaningful Yom Kippur!

  21. Super cute! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Linky Party!

  22. You've given this shelf a whole new life! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  23. Great transformation, I love the bright color choice. Thank you for sharing at this weeks Creative Muster. Now that you found our party I hope that you'll continue to join us every Tuesday evening.

  24. What a fun transformation! Love the bright, beautiful color! Thanks for linking up at Get Your DIY On! Hope to see you back with your thrifty Halloween projects on Sunday at 7 pm EST! Enjoy your weekend!

    ~Abby =)

  25. Shared this and a link back in our Love 2 DIY on the Weekend post! Thanks for coming to our Linky Party last week over at!

  26. My friend knows this guy who owns a commercial door hardware place in Sacramento. I wonder if she could hook me up with supplies to do crafts like this!

  27. What a fun transformation, paint sticks to the rescue. Love the stamped necklace too. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.


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